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Post here if you’re sewing along…

I’m so excited to see what you all are doing! If you have a blog, or just want to let us know that you’re still sewing this quilt, make a comment. We’re almost done so this is where it gets really fun!!

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Part 9: Adding those corner triangles!

Ready for part 9? If you are just checking into the blog today, don’t forget to see my Super SEW Sunday post where I described part 8.   These were 2 simple steps so I decided to post them on the same day.

Step 1:  Cut your fabric into two, 5.5 x 5.5″ squares.  If you’d like to have all four corners from a different fabric, simply cut these from four different fabrics.  Again, there are math formulas for exact cuts, but I just look at what my main block is and decrease the size by 1/2 inch.  Since I had 6″ blocks, I cut these new blocks for the corners as a 5.5 x 5.5″ square.

Step 2:  Lay your ruler from one corner to the next and make a diagonal cut. Photobucket

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Step 3:  Take one of your triangles over to the ironing board.

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 Step 4:  Fold triangle in half and press. You want to see a visible crease down the center. This helps with your placement in step 5.

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Step 5:  Right sides together, place triangle on top of one of the corners of your quilt.  Pin.  The crease you made in step 4 will help you to match the center with the center seam in the pinwheel.  **Note: Your triangle will be larger than the quilt block. This is ok! You’ll trim it later. 😉

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Step 6: Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew corner triangle to quilt. Repeat steps for the other 3 corners. Press all seams on all 4 corners.

Step 7: Square up and trim all excess fabric.

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You are done with the center portion of the quilt top! WOW! What do you think? Do you love what you are doing? I hope you’ve had fun!

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We still have 2 borders to put on the quilt and then the quilt top will be finished. I made this a small lap quilt since it will just go over the corner of my bench.  It is also a good size for a baby quilt or  a wall hanging. But these techniques are perfect for making any size quilt!

Have fun!!
-Kim

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Super Sew Sunday & Part 8…

I hope you all had a nice weekend! I’m guessing many of you got out the chips, dip, and grill for a Super SEW Sunday! Am I right? 🙂 What?!? You think I mean, “Super BOWL Sunday?” Nahhh….I mean, I *think* I heard “something” about tackles, interceptions, a neat story about a guy by the name of Kurt Warner, maybe some “Steelers” talk and all…

LOL! Just kidding, of course!  So while Super Bowl Sunday was happening around here, I did sneak off for a little super-sewing, too. 😉

Part 8 & 9 will go by really fast. So let’s start with part 8: sewing those rows together! 

Step 1: Arrange your diagonal rows as I have done in the photo below. The numbers just help with step 2.

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Step 2: Right sides together, line up the bottom of row 1, to the top of row 2.

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Step 3: Pin rows together. Carefully match up seams and use a lot of pins. 🙂

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Step 4: Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew row 1 to row 2.  Continue sewing rows together by sewing row 2 to row 3, and so on. Repeat until all 5 rows are sewn together. Press seams.

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In keeping with the idea of making this quilt in “baby steps,” I’ll wait a few hours until posting the instructions for the corners. Resist the temptation to trim your quilt just yet. 🙂 It’s ok if you have, but we’ll take care of it all in one big step when we put on those corners.

I’ll post again later on today! Have fun!!

-Kim

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Part 7 — I Think You’ll Like This One!

I wanted to wait a few extra days before posting this in order to give everyone time to catch up. I’ve been visiting your blogs and your quilts are looking GREAT!! 

The last step wasn’t the most fun, but this one sure is! 

As you know, I’m making this up as I go. So my initial idea was to have the center of the quilt, created in this way: 4 pinwheels across, and 4 pinwheels down.  So you’d have a 16-pinwheel quilt center. Something like this:

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Do I like that? Sure! It works. It’s cute. It’s “Option 1.”  And if you’d like to go ahead and sew those rows together, then you’re ready to go there and do that step.  And it will be adorable. 

But before you do….let me show you “Option 2.”  (heehee) This option was one that I fell in love with once I turned my squares “on point.”  See the difference this makes?

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Now you may notice something right away — Option 2 only has 13 pinwheels. I had you make 16 pinwheels since I was first going to go with option 1.  So if you are going with Option 2, choose your favorite 13 blocks and keep the extra 3 for pillows, other quilts, etc. 😉

This tutorial is going to be a little longer, but I’m telling ya…IT WILL BE FUN!! 🙂  (Plus, you just may learn something new, too!)  Again, the following steps are for OPTION 2 ONLY.

Notice how there are missing triangles? No worries! I’ll show you how to put those in there.  There’s a little trick to it,  so you’ll want to follow closely so that your quilt top lays nicely.  PART 7 will only show you how to do those SIDE TRIANGLES.  The corner triangles will come in Part 8. 😉

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Step 1:  Cut 2, 9×9 inch squares.  I based the 9×9 inch measurement on the fact that my pinwheels finished as a 6 inch square. So if your finished square is 5 inches, cut 8×8 inch squares.  There are many fancy math formulas out there for getting an exact size for cutting your side  triangles, but I’m going to follow the advice of Rochelle from Cottage Quilts and simply add 3 inches to my finished block.

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Step 2: You’ll be cutting 4 triangles out of this 9×9 inch square. Confused? Don’t be. Here’s what you do: With your ruler and rotary cutter, cut across at a diagonal.
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Step 3: Cut across along the other diagonal.

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Since your bias cuts are on the inside of the square, making your cuts like this prevents the border of your quilt from becoming “wavy.” Now you have 4 triangles that you can place on the sides of your quilt.  Cutting your 2nd, 9×9″ square will give you 4 more triangles.

Step 4:  Place your triangles along each side.  The long side of the triangle will be on the outside border.  *Note: If you want a more “scrappy” looking quilt, simply cut more 9×9 inch squares. You’ll have a few extra triangles that you won’t need, but you’ll get the amount of different fabric triangles you want. 

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Remember, don’t worry about those corner triangles right now. Those are cut differently and we’ll do that on another day. 🙂

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Step 5:   Now you’re going to sew these “diagonal” rows. Starting in the top left-hand corner, sew triangle 1 to block 2. Then sew block 2 to triangle 3.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  The photos below will help you “see” what is happening.

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Step 6:  Press your seams towards each triangle.

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Step 7:  Repeat steps 5 & 6 for the rest of the diagonal rows.  Example:

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OK, that’s all for today! Part 8 will include how to sew the rows together and adding on your corner triangles! Have fun! I’ll be watching for your updates!

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Part 6 – Time to “Square Up!” Again…

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It has been fun visiting your blogs! I’m still working through getting to all of them, but from what I have seen so far, your blocks are looking fantastic!  I spent some time squaring up my blocks again — this time to 6″ square blocks. You can choose whatever size you’d like, as long as they are square.  If you missed the first time we squared up our smaller blocks, here’s a quick tutorial.

Now remember how I said this was a “Make-It-Up-As-I-Go-Along-Quilt?”  Well, I wasn’t kidding – lol –  and now I’m trying to decide which of the 2 ideas I have will be the one I go with.  Hmmm….decisions, decisions…..

In the meantime, let’s square up those blocks and I promise to be ready really soon with the next step! Have fun!

-Kim

I did say this would be a VERY scrappy quilt, right? Check out those fabrics — no rhyme or reason…just pure cuteness from the stash! 🙂 But I already have some ideas of some color schemes I want to do next… 🙂

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Part 5 — It’s Coming Together Now!

*I made 2 new posts today so make sure you read “Part 4”.

So you’ve made your half-square triangles, and are ready for the next step, right? I know some of you are so I’ll go ahead and post what I’ve done next.  In fact, I’m still sewing these together.  I love seeing the fabric combos!

The pinwheel block is one of my very favorites. It’s easy and oh, so cute. These blocks will be the center focus of the quilt.

Step 1: Lay your half-square triangles in front of you as shown in photo:

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Step 2: Take the fabric on the right of the photo and place it over the top of the fabrics on the left side of the photo. Simply put: your right sides of each fabric block are facing.

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Step 3:  Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew the first block set together along the right-hand side.  Repeat for the 2nd block set. (Red dashed-lines indicate where you are sewing.)

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Step 4:  Open and press your seams with iron. Press on both sides of this new block.

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Step 5: Right sides together, sew your top block to the bottom block.

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Congratulations! You’ve now made a pinwheel block! It is so fun to see the colors come together. You’re going to love this part. Remember, practice makes ALMOST perfect. I’ve never made a PERFECT quilt but I love each one. Enjoy the process, learn from it, and have fun.

Keep sewing! I’ve got to sew the rest of my blocks over the next few days so we can move on. I have some ideas for what I want to add to it next, but I’ll let you know how those come as I get there. You may have some ideas, too!

Oh, and if you’d like to tell your friends about what you are doing and invite them to join in, here’s a button you could place on your blog, or other online areas. Link them back to the YCMT blog post so they know the steps and how to get started.

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Joining in a little late? No problem! Here’s what you’ll want to do:

Part 1: How it all started and how many square to cut!
Part 2: How to make a half-square triangle
Part 3: Ironing your blocks

Part 4: How to square-up your half-square triangles

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Part 4 – OK, so it’s not “perfect”….

…and yes, that is way-OK!  Because I’m going to show you something that will help a lot.  I should have combined this technique with the last section of part 3, but that’s ok. It’s not too late. And then I PROMISE we’ll move onto the fun stuff of combining blocks.

I’m going to show you how to “square up” your blocks.  Despite our best intentions to make each half-square triangle the exact same size as another, there will always be times when the fabric either stretches a bit more than another block, the seam isn’t “exactly” 1/4 inch, our pressing didn’t make things exact, etc. etc. Rather than dwell on that, let’s think about the good news here.

You can “square up” a block and make each one look like the other.  It may seem tedious at first, but it goes by fast and it is well worth the time in doing that so that everything lines up like it should.

OK, so here’s a quick run-down on what can happen. Exhibit A: Kim (yes, I’m talking now in 3rd person) stays up late and is sooooo tired. She decides that rather than go to bed like a normal person, she gets the sewing bug and wants to work on some of her half-square triangles.  She knows where to sew, she keeps her eye on the 1/4 inch seam, and somehow she strays…from that 1/4 inch seam.  Before she knows it, blocks look a tad funny. They don’t match up with one another. But no worries Kim! You’ve got a solution — you “square up” that beauty of a square and MAKE it match.

OK, back to reality here and forget the silliness — This WILL happen to you, too. (And even when you are well-rested! :))  So here’s what you do.  Place your square underneath a square ruler.  I want my squares to be 3 1/2 inches at this point. Notice it is NOT 3 1/2 inches. Oops.

Step 1: Place your square underneath a square ruler. The dashed lines show where that 3 1/2 inch square should be. The nice big red arrows show some problem spots. (eek.) But remember….it’s all good! No-stress project here.

 

Step 2:  Make sure your diagonal on the ruler (45 degree line) is on the diagonal of the half-square triangle.  Before you trim, make sure the fabric on the left and bottom sides extends just a tad over the 3 1/2 inch line. This is ok because you’ll cut it off later. 

Step 3:  Trim the right  and top edge of the half-square triangle.

Step 4:  Lift the square ruler off the fabric and rotate your fabric arounds so that you can now trim off those 2 other sides.  This time make certain that your bottom and left side of the square lines, lines up right along the 3 1/2 inch markings. 

Step 5:  Trim any fabric that extends beyond the ruler.

Now you’ve got a perfect square! Isn’t she a beauty? 🙂  And if you’ve never done this before, you learned something new!  You can use this technique with ANY size you are making. I know some of you are making 5 inch squares while another is making 2 inch. No problem at all.

Are you ready to go to the next step? I’ll go ahead and post it for those who are speedy and anxious to see it all come together. We are making one of my very favorite quilt blocks – a pinwheel!  Keep reading…

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